How to wear Floral Print

I’m a girl who loves to wear big bright colors. I’m also loving the two piece high midriff-showing dresses this season!

Photography by: Gustavo Ramirez

Style Moi bralet & skirt, Forever 21 jacket, necklace is a PNG cutout by Adagem

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Day to Night Dressing

For some reason I have always been obsessed with rompers. This little white romper without all the accessories is fun and casual with a pair of sandals for daytime wear. With the black accents and statement necklace it becomes an edgier outfit that can be worn out at night!

Photography by Gustavo Ramirez

Style Moi romper, Forever 21 necklace, Shoedazzle shoes, Daiso sunglasses

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FREE Naughty Valentines Day Coupons for your Bae!

FREE Naughty Valentines Day Coupons for your Bae!

Valentines Day is right around the corner and I love to gift The Renaissance Man with kinds sorts of sexy gifts. One of the little things I like to include for him is a super naughty set of sexy coupons for him to redeem throughout the year.

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Just print out these free printables on card-stock and cut them out!

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Restaurant Review – Dumpling House Arcadia

Had lunch at Dumpling House – was actually trying to grab Dim Sum but the line was too long! We chose Dumpling House because it was very busy inside, it ended up being a great choice! They’ve been open for over eight years in Arcadia and have another location in Gardenia. Dumpling House specializes in Shanghai style dumplings and cuisine

I love Chinese cold appetizers, we started off with the Two Delicacies appetizer which included seaweed salad and potato salad combo. This was our favorite dish out of all the noms. There was a great contrast between the two flavors, the seafood being more salty and umami and the potato salad being sharp and tangy.

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The green beans were great! Chinese restaurants often mess up on green beans, the flavor hasn’t soaked into the beans at all. At Dumpling House Arcadia the beans were perfectly garlic-y.
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The soup dumplings at Dumpling House Arcadia were good but not quite on the level of Din Tai Fungs, which is just across the street. IMG_1805

Fried Dumplings – good! We were starting to get incredibly full…
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Fried Scallion Pancakes – could be crispier
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Pork Noodle Soup – I wouldn’t order this again. The broth was delicious but the meat was tough and chewy
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Dumpling House Arcadia
921 S Baldwin Ave, Ste A
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 445-2755

6 Amazing Hacks for Big Beautiful Voluminous Hair

6 Amazing Hacks for Big Beautiful Voluminous Hair

The Cheater’s Guide to Big Beautiful Hair

1. DRY SHAMPOO

This is a quick and easy tip. I use but powdered dry shampoo has been said to actually work better. I wash my hair only every three days as recommended by my stylist. Dry shampoo acts to soak up any of the natural oil on your scalp and hair and gives you a quick volume boost. On top of that your hair smells clean and fresh as if its freshly shampooed!

My favorite dry shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo $9.18 

2. HOT ROLLERS

I like to go with the larger rollers to create volume. After your set is all heated up and ready to go, section out a piece of your hair from the front of your scalp. Hold the section up away from your head and roll the rollers towards your head and secure. I like to work from the front to the back and then come up to roll up any remaining hair from the sides of my head.

Then just sit back and wait and for the curlers to cool!

After the rollers are cooled, remove the curlers starting from the front. Do not brush your hair — instead using your hands to fluff up and style!

Finish it up with some hairspray and dry shampoo at the roots!

Here’s a great tutorial from Pinkcupcake211

My favorite curlers: Conair Extreme Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Rollers (ONLY $20 BUCKS!)

3. CURLING IRON

Instead of Hot Rollers, you can use a curling iron.

Take inch wide sections of hair, wrap the hair around the curling iron, turning the iron backwards, and leaving the ends out. Wait for the hair to get heated and pull it out

Heres a great tutorial from Signature Series

3. TEASE TEASE TEASE

You’ll only need to tease the hair at your crown and on the top of your hair. You are aiming for your roots. A teasing comb is preferred but any run of the mill comb works also!

Grab a 1-2 inch section of your hair and hold it up and away from your head. With your comb, tease the backside of your until its as big as you like it. Repeat over all sections

Recommended teasing comb: Marilyn Brush Teasing and Backcombing Brush

Here’s a great tutorial from Melissa Kristin

4. ADD BANGS

Natural Bangs: There are the traditional straight cut bangs, my hair isn’t thick enough to support this style of bang. I only discovered side swept bangs in my late twenties and they were a revelation. The key for me is to grab hair from the middle of your scalp, pull it forward to a and sweep it to your preferred side. Your hair will probably need some training before it starts to hold this position, but it covers part of your forehead and makes your hair looks super thick up front.

Great sideswept bang tutorial by Emily Liu

Clip-On Bangs: If you don’t want to experiment on your real hair, take a spin with clip-on bangs first. These are so easy to use and look very natural. In one minute – PRESTO! – you have a full luscious bang!

There are a wide variety available but these are my favorites: Clip-On Bangs

5. BUY IT!

This isn’t the Cheaters Guide to all Natural big beautiful hair after all! There are many solutions available on the market. Here’s a brief overview:

Extentions: Extensions are my absolute favorite but they are pricey. $1300-$1600 is the estimated cost for a full head of extensions – including the cost of the hair and the application. The process takes 3-5 hours and lasts 2-3 months

*I like to purchase my hair from The Hair Shop

*If you live in the Los Angeles I highly recommend Victor Valverde for the best extensions ever (and he’s super fast!)

Clips Ins: Many girls swear by clip-ins. They don’t work for me because I suck at putting them in and I like big hair solutions that are semi-permanent and don’t come out at the end of the night.

Lace Front: For photo shoots and live performances/appearances the Lace-Front wig looks great. It IS a wig though, so ultimately I find it too uncomfortable for a long term solution.

Weaves (beaded): I currently have beaded weft hair weave and I am thrilled with them! I don’t prefer the normal sewn-in weave, it’s way too bulky on the back of my head and can be very noticeable. The beaded weave lasts about 2-3 months, and you just need to get them tightened which costs under $100. This is a very affordable alternative to bonded extensions. Most stylists charge per row of hair installed. The cost is about $30-40 per row. I currently have two rows and my hair is full. Typically you would pre-purchase your hair and bring it to the stylist to install, costing about $150-300

*I like to purchase my hair from The Hair Shop

*If you live in the Los Angeles I highly recommend Annie at Just Extensions

The Cheaters Guide to Big Beautiful Voluminous Hair


 Here’s my personal hair saga:

“The bigger the hair, the closer to God”

I’ve always been at war with my hair. Although it is naturally soft and silky as Asian hair often is, it is thin. This is further exacerbated by the fact that I have a high forehead and my thin hair didn’t allow me to have the straight cut bangs that I desperately wanted. Luckily in the 90s, grunge was in style and I was a rocker girl so big hair was not required at all.

Halfway through college I started pin-up modeling which was a revelation. So many tricks and secrets were revealed to me about how my fellow models achieved their thick, luxurious manes. (I was introduced to false eyelashes for the first time which solved my thin eyelashes problem!)

My super blah natural hair

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One of the models that I was shooting with introduced me to hair extensions.  I didnt even know that anything like that existed!

It changed my life.

She introduced me to an extensions master on Sunset. Back them, about 10 years ago, she charged $500 for the application. You could purchase your extensions from her vendor or bring your own – which would be about another $200.  The application of the hair would take hours. Each extensions was individually attached to your own hair using heated wax. The process was so timely she had a large selection of romantic girl movies to pop in to kill the time. These extensions would last about 2-3 months. It tripled the amount of hair I now had.

I was closer to God!

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Hair extensions are crazy expensive now — often costing $800-$1000+ for the application alone. It’s not my #1 choice for an affordable hair solution but it is my favorite.

I’ll get to my recommended tricks soon! I’ve tried them all….

I went through a period where I wore a lace-front wig! This was one of my favorite looks because I could pull down the hairline and shrink my five-head. Beyonce, Tyra Banks, and other many African American celebrities use the lace-front wig. The wigs are very expensive but they really do look very natural. This solution is not preferred because its a wig and wigs feel awful!

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Throughout the years I remained desperate for bangs. Its almost impossible for me to have bangs because my hair just isnt thick enough. The Hair Shop came out with Clip-On Bangs — which was AMAZING.

All the bangs I’ll ever need!

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Here is my current hair

Big Hair Don’t Care!

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Good as Gold Jumpsuit

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Gold Jumpsuit wearing shoedazzle and rochelle carino

 

Gold Jumpsuit wearing shoedazzle and rochelle carino

I love this jumpsuit but I regret not taking off my jacket to show this sleek and sexy jumpsuit in its entirety! Shoes are from Shoedazzle and I can’t say enough about Shoedazzle, it’s the only place I am shopping for shoes currently – highly recommend!

Photos by: CB4TOS

Wearing: Rochelle Carino jumpsuit and jacket, Shoedazzle shoes

Quarters Korean BBQ

As all my close friends know: I am Korean BBQ obsessed. I am trying out some of the local Koreantown spots, but I am not focusing solely on top 10 obvious spots that everyone raves about. Quarters Korean BBQ just opened right next to the ever popular Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ Restaurant. After we left Quarters, Hae Jang Chon still had a long line outside and Quarters was only three-quarters full. It’s just as good as Hae Jang Chon but you can skip the wait.

Quarters has a fun tapas concept, you can order a wide variety of quarter lb plates, so its possible to try a wide variety of meats. Most importantly the meat is of great quality! We opted for the Prime Beef Combo which was $49.75. It was too much meat for just two people, it would be perfect for three people. This combo included:beef belly, seasoned boneless short rib, marinated beef chuck and beef outside skirt. It also comes with all the typical fixings, banchan, steamed egg and kimchi chigae

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Quarters BBQ has a different take on the typical korean potato salad, their version is pumpkin. It was sweet and tasty – I love the typical korean potato salad and prefer it but this was a fun change
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The silken tofu was nice but could have used a lot more sauce
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I’ve never seen this before, at first I thought the red bowl was filled with cheesy corn but it was just cheese fondue style! The Renaissance Man LOVED this, all his bbq was dipped and he ordered a second bowl of cheese on top, took the leftovers home and made a taco the next day
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This is the seasoned boneless short rib, I believe it was seasoned with some sesame oil and a hint of salt. My second favorite cut!
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A MUST – the steamed egg – why is it never this light and fluffy when I try to make it at home?

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The kimchi was served in a big tureen and it had generous amount of pork belly and included fish cake, which I havent seen before. I was full by the time that it came out and could only take a few sips but it made for a great dinner the next day

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Quarters Cha Dol was some of the best in town, very fatty and juicy. It was so light and fluffy that I managed to finish the entire plate even though I was beyond stuffed
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One on One with Aiko Tanaka

One on One with Aiko Tanaka

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PHOTOS SHOT BY: ME!

I decided to add an interview series to my website and the first person who came to mind for this section was Aiko! Aiko is one of my favorite people in the world. In our modeling days, we toured the country non-stop had the same dorky sense of humor and shared a special love for manatees. Aiko was famous for her ripped abs and she was an amazing gift giver, hshe knew I was obsessed with food so she would always send me food gifts by mail. There were crazy house parties, many gigs in Hawaii, and tons of goofing off in hotel rooms. We saw each other through crazy dating situations and she was always there for me when I was going through a hard time. I was always such a bitch and she was always so nice — she always stood up for me by calling me shy instead of just admitting that I was an asshole! Its not surprising to me that she decided to pursue comedy as a career, everyone always knew that Aiko had was hilarious and had the most offbeat sense of humor.

Aiko is now a super respected comic on the standup comedy circuit, touring across the country and appearing all over Hollywood at the famed comedy hotspots!

THROW BACK PHOTOS!

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“Hello kitty doesn’t have a mouth because in my country, the Japanese men prefer women that can’t speak!” – Aiko TanakaAiko Tanaka at The Laugh Factory

Kaila: How is pursuing comedy different from pursuing a modeling career?

Aiko: The difference is that you have to have much more patience in pursuing comedy. Modeling seemed so much easier, I started shooting for magazines and starting touring right away. In comedy it took me about three years to start traveling. English is not my first language, maybe that was also a factor. Another struggle is that I constantly have males coming up and saying perverted things. I used to take it personal but then realize those people would say that regardless of my past modeling career. 

Kaila: What’s it like being on stage as a comedian?

Aiko: I love attention good or bad. Even when I have a bad set, I make it dramatic and I still get attention so…haha

Kaila: What’s it like being a female comic?

Aiko: In Japan we have comedy also, and we have a lot of of female comics and they are all great but they are all ugly and fat and we find it so funny! Thats how I grew up but if you do that here you are called sexist…or, it seems more strict here. Back home its more loose but here people are always talking about “are women funny” or “are men better” like  its a competition. I think people are funny.

Kaila: As an attractive woman does that hold you back in the industry?

Aiko: Thank you! haha I think I’m ok? I think its good and bad. Good in that we look good on stage or tv, bad is that attractive women often get harassed or other male comics don’t treat them right. The industry is male dominated — everytime I enter the room its maybe 2 women and 8 guys. There are more and more Asian comics though!

Kaila: Which comics do you admire?

Aiko: Ali Wong. I really like her style, its different. I like fat people in comedy its funny to me. I’m also a fan of Mitch Hedgburg

Kaila: What is your ultimate goal?

Aiko: I would like to be a cast member, a supporting member, I think that a starring role would be too stressful, too much pressure! I like what Roseanne did. She was Americans sweetheart. Was she? (Kaila: She was more like Americans Anti-Sweetheart!) That was her thing, and I think its really cool what she accomplished although I am not that shocking. That overall road that she walked I liked

In my first three years of pursuing comedy I quit everything, acting, modeling, commercials. In acting I really wasn’t doing anything so it wasn’t that hard to quit, I was just submitting myself on Actors Access to be honest haha. Now I am just starting to pursue it all again

Kaila: What is the day in the life of a comic?

Aiko: I try to perform every night, what I struggle with is what is racist or what is pushing too far. So i need to try it out on a live audience and go up as much as possible. So when I have a show I don’t embarrass myself.

Kaila: Are there any other Japanese comics?

Aiko: Yes my friend Yoshi. You know…I didn’t even know that he had an accent. I can’t hear other peoples accents. I didnt even know that I had an accent. I think I sound fine

Kaila: What would you tell aspiring comics?

Aiko: Just do it, I think the first step is just to do it, to start. I am still learning also. Know its going to be a bumpy road and just enjoy that

Sometimes my set changes because people heckle or when the situation is different. I was in San Diego and I noticed how little things throw me off. The mic stand was not where I thought it was supposed to be so that threw me off and I found it interesting because I started off awkward in my head and the whole set thereafter was awkward -its interesting how our minds work. When I feel awkward they feel awkward. I think about Cesar Milan and his energy with dogs. That’s the kind of energy I want to have!

Kaila: Where can we see you perform next?

I currently perform a lot at The Comedy Store and now at Hollywood Improv!

Keep up with Aiko at her website!

 


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Ipsy – December 2014 Unboxing

Ipsy – December 2014 Unboxing

I’ve been subscribing to Ipsy for about six months, there was a waiting list of about a month to get in! Ipsy is similar to the concept of Birchbox, with a handful of about 5-6 products curated and mailed to you each month. There are sometimes full size items and Ipsy is definitely more makeup focused. The company was created by Youtube Makeup Superstar Michelle Phan and she collaborates with several other beauty bloggers to curate the monthly box. Every month’s items also come with a new makeup bag which is really useful.

What I also like is that there are makeup tutorials released at Ipsy using the products.

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Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry For Dry or Damaged Hair is the first product that I tried from the Ipsy box, which is a Godsend because I am constantly blow-drying, straightening and curling my hair which is already bleached blonde to begin with. I can definitely use every opportunity to heal my hair that I can possibly get.

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I absolutely love this Nyx Butter Lip Balm – Parfait it has a ton of coloring in it, so I can just dab it on to add color and mouisturizing to my lips at the same time. This is a definite recommend, check out the color below!

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I have eyelash extensions so I’m just pretending to use this mascara here:, it’s Tarte’s best selling mascara!

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Nourish Organic – Renewing Eye Cream. This eye cream definitely smelled nice I’m super addicted and loyal to my StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment

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I didnt take a photo with the Cailyn Eye Shadow, it actually barely put any color on my eye when I tried to apply it as an eyeshadow :(

Subscription boxes make me feel like I’m getting presents in the mail!


 

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Golden Girl

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It might sound strange but I showed so much skin in my youth that every year which passes actually makes me a little more conservative. This dress is a sexy little number but I feel more comfortable with the fuzzy tiger print shawl coverlet on top. Also booties instead of open toed stilettos cover it up a tad bit also!

Photography by: CB4TOS

Wearing Material Girl dress, Shoedazzle shoes, Vintage shawl